Jan 20, 2010
May 15, 2010
Today we went to the Mohammad Ali Mosque today. We had to wear green "capes" to cover up our legs and shoulders; I looked like I was from Harry Potter. We learned all about the mosque and how it took 18 years to build and Mohammad died a year before it was finished. There are only fruit and flowers decorating the mosque because everything else is forbidden. There are 365 lights in the mosque, one to represent each day of the year. The men and women are separated in the mosque during prayer time because the Muslim religion doesn't want the men staring at the wom en's behinds while they are suppose to be focusing on god. After looking into the mosque, we went outside and looked at the panoramic view of Cairo. Because of the Nile and the heat, there is always fog around the city. While we were there, I had some foreign girl my age come up to me and ask if she could take a picture with me, it was a common occurrence while we were in Egypt. We than went to a "hanging church" which was really a church on stilts. The ceiling of the church is shaped to look like Noah's ark. There was also an underground church that was built during the war so that when soldiers came in, the people praying wouldn't get executed for being Christian. In addition, there was a tunnel connecting the underground church to the mountains for a quick escape. We than went to eat lunch at the happy dolphin, again like every lunch we had it was buffet style. Next we went to a governmental run/tourist trap jewelry store because some of the girls were looking for cartouches. While we were there, many of the sales men came up to us and talked to us in Italian thinking we were from Italy. It was a hoot! Our last stop of the day was to the Egyptian Museum where we saw many artifacts from King Tutankhamen. For example, we saw his socks, gloves, walking sticks, his traveling beds, his sandals, his diaper and 11kg gold headdress he was buried in. In addition to seeing all of his stuff we were fortunate enough to see mummified animals, which was a little disturbing. For dinner we went on a cruse down the Nile. Again we had a buffet but it was more pasta, calves liver (which I thought was beef...), spicy white fish and a whole table filled with Egyptian desserts! After dinner we had a belly dancer some and dance for us and we saw two men do tenora, which is a skirt dance. For the tenora dance the man spins around and around in circles making his colorful skirt flair out and does all sorts of activities such as pouring a glass of water while spinning. When we got home that night Paige, Andi and I went exploring our neighborhood and went out for ice cream. We had the most interesting ice cream sundae, it was chocolate, mango and bavarian cream ice cream with fig jam and whip cream.